New Jersey Standard Home Inspection/ Radon Testing
Bittner Property Inspections, LLC
Professional Home and Commercial Property Inspection and Radon Testing Services
217 Hurffville Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
New Jersey Home Inspector License Numbers:
Stephen J. Bittner John S. Bittner
NJ# 24GI00123800 NJ# 24GI00123900
Home Inspection Agreement
Name of Client:
Date of Inspection:
Time of Inspection:
Address of Buyer:
Fee for Inspection:
Please Read Carefully
This is a legally binding agreement made by________ hereby called the “CLIENT”, and Bittner Property Inspections LLC.
This is a limited visual inspection of the apparent conditions in readily and easily accessible areas that existed at the time of inspection based on the New Jersey Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors. Only areas specifically mentioned in this report have been inspected and those areas not mentioned are not part of this inspection.
The Inspection and Report are performed and prepared for the sole, confidential and exclusive use and possession of the CLIENT. The Report is NON-TRANSFERABLE. The INSPECTOR does not perform electrical, HVAC, plumbing, or any other job function requiring an occupational license in the jurisdiction where the inspection is taking place.
This inspection will be performed by a licensed New Jersey Home Inspector. In New Jersey, home inspectors and associate home inspectors are governed by the rules in the New Jersey Administrative Code contained at N.J.A.C. 13:40-15. The licensee shall comply with these rules and failure to comply with the rules may subject the licensee to discipline.
The INSPECTOR agrees to perform a visual inspection of the visible readily accessible parts of the subject house and provide the CLIENT with a written Inspection Report identifying the visually observable deficiencies deemed material. Structures detached from the house are not inspected unless otherwise expressly agreed. The fees for extra services are set forth below.The systems for Inspection that will be hereby called inspected as part of the home inspection as required pursuant to N.J.A.C 13:40-15.16 are as follows: Structural Components; Exterior Components; Roofing System; Plumbing System; Electrical System; Heating System; Cooling System; Interior Components; Insulation Components; Ventilation Systems; Fireplaces; and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances.
This inspection and the NJ standards are designed to identify and disclose major deficiencies of the structure and/or systems. Inspections are visual and based upon the opinion of the inspector. The inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not imply that every defect will be discovered. The inspection and the report are NOT intended to provide complete information about the home. Neither the inspection nor the report should be solely relied upon and/or used to make decisions as to whether or not the home should or should not be purchased or leased.
Absolutely no warranties or guarantees are given or implied for any latent concealed defects. There is no destructive probing or dismantling of any components. Additionally, any repairs after the inspection may reveal defects that are not accessible at the time of the inspection. Any and all visual problems observed should be verified with the appropriate contractor, electrician, plumber, or skilled professional for code compliance and cost estimates. Bittner Property Inspections LLC is not liable for any defects or deficiencies which could not be reasonably discovered during a limited visual inspection.
If consulting with specialized experts is recommended by Bittner Property Inspections LLC in the report, The CLIENT must do so at the CLIENT’S expense. All specialized additional inspections should be completed prior to your real estate settlement. Advise your attorney, your real estate professional, and the owner of the property of the need for additional inspections within the home inspection contingency period as detailed in your real estate contract to purchase.
This is a confidential report. Owners, real estate brokers, and buyers other than the persons who contracted for and paid for these services are not permitted to use this report for any purpose without the express written consent of Bittner Property Inspections LLC. Legal action will be taken against any and all parties using this report without such approval of Bittner Property Inspections LLC.
Initial if you would like the following to receive copies of the inspection report.
______________Your Realtor _______________Your Attorney
3. Exclusions and Limitations
You acknowledge and agree that this inspection and the inspection report and the findings are limited in nature. It is chiefly concerned only with visible and accessible major structural, electrical, and mechanical systems. References to minor details are done only as a courtesy. This is NOT a code enforcement inspection, and is only based on the inspector’s opinion. Unless otherwise indicated the following items ARE NOT COVERED, or can they be accurately assessed by Bittner Property Inspections LLC during a limited visual inspection and should be consulted about with a professional within that discipline.
The Inspection is not intended to be technically exhaustive; equipment, systems and items will not be dismantled and the Inspection does not include any destructive testing. The INSPECTOR is not required to move personal property, debris, furniture, equipment, and carpeting or like materials that may impede access or limit visibility. The CLIENT agrees to assume all risk for all conditions which are concealed from view at the time of the Inspection or exist in any areas excluded from the Inspection by the terms of this Agreement. The CLIENT also understands that the following actions are not required as part of the Home Inspection under applicable New Jersey regulation (N.J.A.C 13:40-15.16) and will not be undertaken by the INSPECTOR.
4. Re-inspection Fee
A re-inspection fee of $ 200.00 will be charged if the inspector is asked to return after the initial inspection. This includes testing central air conditioning which could not be inspected due to cold weather, inspecting winterized plumbing and buildings where utilities were off, or inspecting portions of the home or building inaccessible during the original inspection.
5. Environmental Exclusions and Limitations:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that some buildings and homes may be affected by unhealthy air contamination. We do not test for this and cannot provide you with an opinion about the indoor air quality of this structure.
Unless otherwise indicated, no evaluation has been made regarding the following items, or can they be accurately assessed by Bittner Property Inspections LLC during a limited visual inspection:
Air quality analysis, lead water pipes, water quality, toxic waste, lead paint, lead solder, urea formaldehyde (UFFI), radon, asbestos, polluted water, soil analysis, mold & mildew,
under ground & above ground oil tanks, under ground & above ground propane tanks, presence of off- gassing drywall (AKA “Chinese Drywall)** Any or all environmental hazards, defects and conditions.
6. Arbitration Clause:
Should the CLIENT believe that Bittner Property Inspections LLC was negligent in the inspection, the CLIENT is expected to communicate IN WRITING to Bittner Property Inspections LLC within (10) ten days. If the dispute can not be resolved between Bittner Property Inspections LLC and the CLIENT, both parties hereby agree to submit the dispute to binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Arbitration is to be conducted by an arbitrator who is a full time home inspector with a minimum of (6) six years experience as a home inspector. The inspection will be judged in accordance with the *NJ-Standards of Practice*. The *Standards of Practice* provides the minimum standards of performance for a written residential home inspection. All disputes will be binding and non-appealable.
Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the CLIENT agrees to pay all costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees, incurred by Bittner Property Inspections LLC in defending any legal action brought by the CLIENT, provided:
The CLIENT and Bittner Property Inspections LLC agree that should a court of competent jurisdiction determine and declare that any portion of this Agreement is void, voidable, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions and portions shall remain in full force and effect.
7. Notification of Claims:
In the event that a claim ensues from the inspection, Bittner Property Inspections LLC requires the following:
Failure to conform to any of the conditions listed above would make any and all contracts concerning the inspection of this real estate void, and Bittner Property Inspections LLC shall be released from liability and obligations.
9. Payment: Payment is due in full at the time of the inspection:
By payment for and acceptance of this report, the CLIENT hereby, has acknowledged the terms and conditions of this report.
I have reviewed and understand, the PRE INSPECTION DOCUMENTS, INVOICE SUMMARY, and REAL ESTATE INSPECTION CONTRACT. I agree to those items and those terms specifically listed within this Agreement on Pages 1 through 6, items 1 to 14.
To understand the report you should read the entire document including all the written material, maintenance suggestions, and comments. This contract represents the entire agreement between Bittner Property Inspections LLC and the CLIENT.
The CLIENT acknowledges that they have read and understood the extent and limitations of this inspection, and agree to all of the limitations, terms, and exclusions contained within this contract.11. Severability:
CLIENT and Bittner Property Inspections LLC agree that should a court of competent jurisdiction determine and declare that any portion of this agreement is void, voidable, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions and portions shall remain in full force and effect.
12. Exclusions in this inspection: n/a
A written report will be provided by the inspector in PDF format via a link to the inspector’s software provider’s website. A link to the report is normally provided within 3 working days from the date of the inspection.
Radon screening tests, if part of the inspection agreement, normally require 3-4 days at the inspection site to gather radon test data and 2 days to process the results at the certified radon testing laboratory. Results will be forwarded in PDF format to clients upon receipt from the lab.
Clients that require expedited reports should make arrangements with the inspector to determine their specific needs.
Printed reports are an exception and will be mailed to the client upon request. The fee for a printed, mailed report is $50.
14. The Client:
Has read, understood, and accepted the terms and conditions of the agreement and agree to pay the specific fees. This agreement represents the full understanding between the parties. No other agreement, whether oral or written, shall vary the stated terms and conditions. The person(s) signing this agreement and/or accepting this report, paying the stated fee of this contract represents and warrants that they are the actual person(s), or are the authorized agent(s) of the CLIENT(s), and that they have read and fully understand this agreement.
I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS LISTED ABOVE
Bittner Property Inspections LLC: ________________________________Date_______________